Page Updated:- Friday, 04 November, 2022.


Earliest 1740s


Open 2022+

The Street


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Bowl 1900

Above photo circa 1900. From

Bowl 1901

Above photo circa 1901, showing the licensee William Cobb. From

Bown 1903

Above photo, 1903, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Bown 1912

Above photo circa 1912, showing Alice Kerr (nee Carey) and one of her daughters. From

Bown 1952

Above postcard 1952. Kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Bowl fayre 1950

Above photo circa 1950 showing the Summer Fayre parade. From

Bowl 2012

Above photo 2012.

Bowl 2017

Above photo, July 2017, kindly taken and sent by Doogie Moon.

Bowl Inn sign 1967Bown Inn sign 1991

Above sign left, 1967, sign right July 1991.

With thanks from Brian Curtis

Bowl Inn card 1953Bowl Inn card 1953

Above card issued March 1953. Sign series 4 number 3.


The "Bowl Inn" can be traced back to the 1700s when it was described as an Alehouse. The name of the "Bowl" was being used by 1853 when it appears in a document detailing the sale of the pub from Samuel John Sankey to George Ash.

The present building were originally two agricultural workers' cottages being knocked into one, but the building has also been subject to a number of alterations since.

The "Bowl" has been the meeting place for villagers since it first started serving ale. It was a meeting place of the Rat and Sparror Club, where members would gather on a weekly basis, bringing along their haul of sparrow heads and rats tails to be counted. At the end of each year the member with the highest tally received a cold dinner and a modest reward, prepared by the landlord.

The barn next to the pub now (2016) with antiques and curiosities called Ron's Emporium, used to be their skittle alley.


Bowl fireguard

Above photo showing licensee Ron Blown and a new arched fireguard.

Bowl licensees 2004

Above photo, date unknown showing Ron Blown licensee and a customer 2004+.


From an email received, 14 March 2018.

My grandfather, Robert Marsh , was born at the Bowl Inn in 1899, his father being John Edward Marsh, named as a licensed victualler on my grandfather's birth certificate. John was also a hop farmer and his wife, Emily, was a well known figure in the greyhound world, breeding and rearing top class dogs for coursing. The family lived at various times at Vigo Farm, New Barn and Lyddendane and John's brother built Smeed Farm at Hassell Street where his sons Ron and Arthur continued to live, Arthur being a much loved local character whilst the more taciturn Ron concentrated on working the farm and at the time of writing ( March 2018 ) continues to do so.

Denise Marsh.


From the By Sam Lennon, 24 April 2019.

Antiques dealer Ron Blown of Ron's Emporium in Deal dies after battle with pancreatic cancer.

A popular antiques dealer has died aged 67.

Ron Blown was best known for running Ron's Emporium in Deal and later became landlord of the "Bowl Inn" in Hastingleigh near Ashford.

Mr Blown died of pancreatic cancer on April 12.

Ron Blown 2002

Ron Blown during his Route 66 trip in 2002.

His funeral is next Wednesday.

His widow Annie Blown said: "He was a very popular person, very well liked and particularly helped in events such as Deal Carnival when he was a float driver.

"He was an antiques dealer all his life, even after taking over the pub."

The couple married in July 1979 and Mr Blown first set up an antiques shop in Dover in the early 1980s.

In the middle of that decade the couple opened Ron's Emporium at Gladstone Road, Deal.

The antiques shop moved to bigger premises in the town's Church Lane, in 1987.

In 2002 Mr Blown had the most spectacular 50th birthday present, a 2,448-mile motorcycle trip with pals along America's legendary Route 66.

Mrs Blown let him go on the five-week trip from Chicago to Los Angeles County and stayed at home to run the family business.

Ron Blown 2019

A recent picture of Ron Blown.

Ron's Emporium closed in 2004 and that year the couple became licensees of the Bowl Inn at Hastingleigh.

Mr Blown leaves four children, Luke, Lucy, Samuel and Annie-Grace and three grandchildren.

His funeral is from 10am on Wednesday, May 1, at Barham Crematorium.

Family flowers only are requested.

Donations are asked for, to give to the Pilgrims Hospice in Ashford via the J Dilnot Smith and Son funeral directors at Deal.



HAYWARD Stephen 1841-51+ (age 62 in 1851Census)

MOORE George 1858+

FAGG Stoddard 1861-81+ (also wheeler carpenter age 51 in 1881Census)

MARSH John Edward 1891-99+ (also hop farmer age 23 in 1891Census)

MAPSTED James 1901+ (age 76 in 1901Census)

COBB William 1901-09?

STICKLES Frederick 1903+ Kelly's 1903

KERR Robert 1911-21+ (age 51 in 1921Census)

KERR Alice Mrs 1938-39+ (widow age 59 in 1939)

BLOWN Ron dec'd & Ann 2004-19

BLOWN Ann and Ann (daughter) 2019-22+


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903



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